There are currently many young footballing sensations breaking through in European Football and here we look at one of the best, Paul Pogba.
The skillful Frenchman was scouted from Le Havre by Manchester United in 2009 but barely started for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side racking up a mere 7 appearances before turning a new contract down last summer.
His move to The Old Lady drew a lot of anger from Ferguson and United fans who seemed to be shocked that a United player chose to leave on a bosman.
You can understand his reasoning for leaving, his abilities are supreme and it must have been a frequent annoyance that the place United looked most weak in was Pogba’s natural position in the heart of the midfield.
“I didn’t want to sign a contract as Ferguson didn’t play me, even though there were no midfielders there,” Pogba told The Times recently. “He obviously thought I didn’t deserve the contract I asked for and didn’t put me in the team even though he had no midfield players, it was his choice. United were short of midfield players like me, but it was the manager’s decision. I couldn’t do anything about it.”
His move to Juventus has proven to be`a wonderful decision, him and manager Antonio Conte have built up a fantastic relationship and on the pitch Pogba has been supreme. The young Frenchman made 27 appearances for the Bianconeri (18 starts) and scored five goals in the process. More impressive still when you consider Juve have midfield players such as Claudio Marchisio, Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, and Kwadwo Asamoah.
Pogba stands at an impressive 190cm, he is quick and has a very tough no nonsense approach to the game mixed with an element of elegance. His natural position is as a defensive midfielder but he is just as useful in an attacking role. He is a very unique but if there is any comparison to the Juve midfielder it is Manchester City’s Yaya Toure but Pogba is considerably better with his feet, even at the age of 20.
Pogba started the season for Juve just in front of the back four in a holding role but as the season moved on he shown most useful in the centre of midfield, in the heart of everything for Juve.
His long passing and control of the ball mean he can use his physical presence to simply run the game in midfield as well as being able to grab a few goals for his team.
His secret weapon is his incredible long range shots, he is able to get ferocious power behind them as some goalkeepers have found out in Serie A this season.
Anything is possible for this youngster, though his temperament has occasionally got in the way if he is constantly surrounded by influential figures such as manager Conte and Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon then he will become one of the greats.